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Nov. 16, 2020

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This Week

Friday: DEI Chat, 3 p.m., Zoom


Helyne Frederick honored by National Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations has named faculty member Helyne Frederick as the 2020 recipient of the Certified Family Life Education Special Recognition Award. Frederick was honored in recognition of her outstanding service to the council’s CFLE program. Frederick joined the School of Education in 2017 to direct the Human Development and Family Studies program, launched the previous year. She previously served as an associate professor and program director for the Family and Consumer Sciences Program at Winthrop University in South Carolina.


HDFS’s Fall Virtual Internship Symposium begins Wednesday

The Human Development and Family Studies program will hold its Fall Virtual Internship Symposium beginning Wednesday. The symposium features posters by HDFS students describing their internship experiences and research they conducted during the internships. Faculty member Meghan Walter served as faculty supervisor for the internships this semester. Posters will be available online beginning Wednesday through Nov. 24 here:


UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series presents discussion about resiliency on Dec. 2

The next event in the UNC Teaching Fellows seminar series will present on Dec. 2 a discussion of resiliency, led by alumna Abby Ampuja (’20 Ph.D.). Ampuja is the owner/founder of Empowered Coaching. Her talk — entitled “Go Resiliency” — is part of a seminar series sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill cohort of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program. The theme of this year’s series is “Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial.” Additional events in the series are planned for next semester. Ampuja’s talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should email Tammy Siler on Wednesday,


Alumna Irene Aiken named president of N.C. Council of Graduate Schools

Irene Pittman Aiken (’88 A.B.Ed., ’95 Ph.D.), dean of the Graduate School at UNC-Pembroke, has been named 2021-2022 president of the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools. The council is comprised of 22 public and private institutions and works to advance graduate education and research through best practice initiatives, data analysis, advocacy and global engagement. Aiken joined the UNCP faculty in 1994 and has held several leadership posts within the School of Education in addition to UNCP’s graduate school.


Alumnae Christine Kreider, Jessica Nagy honored by Orange County Schools

The duo of Hillsborough Elementary School Principal Christine Kreider (’00 M.A.T.) and Assistant Principal Jessica Nagy (’15 M.S.A.) have been named as Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year by Orange County Schools.


Alumna Alvera Lesane named head of HR for Durham Public Schools

Alvera J. Lesane (’01 MSA, ’08 Ed.D.) has been named as the new assistant superintendent for human resources at Durham Public Schools. Lesane previously worked in Durham Public Schools from 2006 to 2010 within the HR department as senior director of professional growth and development. She has spent most of her career in Iredell-Statesville Schools, beginning as a social studies teacher and rising as a principal and chief of quality assurance. Since 2010 she has been the associate superintendent of human resources for Iredell-Statesville Schools.


Dana Griffin hosting DEI Chats on Fridays

Dana Griffin, the Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will hold the next in her series of “DEI Chats” on Friday at 3 p.m. During the chats, Griffin invites faculty and staff to talk about issues around DEI work in the School of Education. Griffin has sent a Zoom link to the chats via email.


Publications, presentations, recent grant awards, etc.

Faculty members are noted in bold, graduate students/recent graduates with underline.

Cohen-Vogel, L. Integrated Data Systems and Improving Early Childhood Education. Presentation to the Helios Education Foundation.

Helyne Frederick won a Curriculum Development Award from UNC’s Global Affairs Office for COIL — Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World. The award will support development of a child and family health course in collaboration with St. George’s University, Grenada.

HDFS students Jessica Dorcelien and Naima Cooper were among the presenters in this panel on Nov. 13: Frederick, H., Alderman, J., Dorcelien, J., & Cooper, N. Their Stories Matter: A Conversation about Using Patients Voices to Address Health Disparities. Panel at the Virtual Health Professionals for Equity in Health and Healthcare Symposium in Greensboro, sponsored by NCAT.

Lyons K.M., Lobczowski N.G., Greene J.A., Whitley J. & McLaughlin J.E., Using a design-based research approach to develop and study a web-based tool to support collaborative learning, Computers & Education.

Steven J. Holochwost, Jacek Kolacz, W. Roger Mills‐Koonce. Towards an understanding of neurophysiological self‐regulation in early childhood: A heuristic and a new approach. Developmental Psychology.

Ohito, E. O. (2020). How to be an antiracist teacher educator in the United States: A sketch of a Black male pedagogic provocateur. Teaching and Teacher Education. Advance online publication.

Ph.D. in education students were headlining speakers at the COVID-19: Effects on Education event sponsored by the Provost’s Office of Interprofessional Education & Practice on Nov. 5. Carson, C. Debating Special Education in the Time of COVID-19. Schmidt, Taylor. Known Unknowns: Tensions, Disruptions, and Unsettled Outcomes in Pod-Based Learning.


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Dec. 2

NC Teaching Fellows seminar series: ‘Go Resiliency’

6:30 p.m.

RSVP to Tammy Siler,